A Hiss Before Dying

Narrated by: Kate Forbes
Series: Mrs. Murphy, Book 26
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Rita Mae Brown and her feline coauthor, Sneaky Pie Brown, are back chasing a mystery with their unique circle of Southern sleuths. And though the changing colors of fall are a beauty to behold, this year the scattered leaves hide a grim surprise.

Autumn is in the air in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Crozet, Virginia - and all the traditions of the changing seasons are underway. Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen cleans her cupboards; her husband, Fair, prepares the horses for the shorter days ahead; and the clamorous barking of beagles signals the annual rabbit chase through the central Virginia hills. But the last thing the local beaglers and their hounds expect to flush out is a dead body.

Disturbingly, it's the second corpse to turn up, after that of a missing truck driver too disfigured to identify. The deaths seem unrelated - until Harry picks up a trail of clues dating back to the state's post-Revolutionary past. The echoes of the Shot Heard Round the World pale in comparison to the dangerous shootout Harry narrowly escapes unscathed. Next time it may be the killer who gets lucky. But not if Harry's furry friends Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker can help it. Lending their sharp-nosed talents to the hunt, they'll help their mistress keep more lives from being lost - and right an injustice buried since the early days of America's independence.

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Another great story with lots of twists and turns

Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie have crafted another great story featuring characters that we have come to know and love like family

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Disappointed

I have loved this series since it first began, but have not cared for it nearly as much since the books jump from the 17 hundreds to the present. This one was the worst and will be my last purchase.

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Another fun romp

Mrs. Murphy and crew are just good medicine for me. Long miles fly by when I am listening to their adventures.

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Good story

I like this story. I like how Mrs. Brown has branched I to a historical fiction. The back and forth between the past and present is fun.

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I like the Historical elements

I find that I like the historical plot lines much more than the present day story line. I miss her old characters of Miranda and Big Mim being a big part of the story lines. Honestly though, I think it may be a better idea for her to put an end to the Mrs. Murphy Mystery books and pick up on a series of early American history fiction, I really enjoy these elements to her writing, and I can tell in the detail and thought she puts into THOSE story lines that she likes it too.

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This time the past story was more interesting than the present

Although not a fan of stories that go back and forth through time, I find that I have become intrigued by the story from the early VA history. Neither story has sufficient detail to stand alone, but I did enjoy the book. It’s nice to see the characters evolve.

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wow

always a huge fan!
wonderful. it helps to read them in order, but this is part of the 2 previous books. k9nda like a trilogy inside a series!

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A sequel to Tall Tail

Sometimes confusing switch between centuries and interlocking multiple storylines. Rita Mae writes another great book.

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Horrible.

Very very boring. I stayed with it for five chapters and had to give up. Absolutely nothing interesting that entire time.

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overall good

story is a little hard to follow at times but is still a good story